HWOTD

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 19th

Oct 19, 2020

Another popular place name that is often mispronounced is Maʻalaea, a bay, village, and small boat harbor on Maui. It is probably a contraction from maka ʻalaea which relates to the yellow, or red color of the Earth's beginning.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 16th

Oct 16, 2020

We often hear aliʻi in conjunction with pageants and other places where our chiefs are portrayed. Yes, aliʻi means chief, chiefess, officer, ruler, monarch, king, queen. And aliʻi nui then is the “High Chief.” Now days we often hear mōʻī for king, but he was an aliʻi nui in the old days.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 15th

Oct 15, 2020

Hema hema means “unprepared, awkward, clumsy, unskilled, inefficient.” We can think of a lot of people who are hema hema; it's much better to be mākaukau – prepared.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 14th

Oct 14, 2020

Pahu and hau combine to give us the Hawaiian word for ice box or refrigerator. Pahu is a box, chest, cabinet, or similar container, and hau means cool, iced, ice, frost, dew, snow. Put them together and you have an ice box: pahu hau.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 13th

Oct 13, 2020

If you listen to the weather forecasts, you will often hear the name ʻAlenuihāhā, our Hawaiian word for today. It is the name of the channel between Hawaiʻi and Maui, and is often mispronounced. It means “great billows smashing.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 12th

Oct 12, 2020

Wai means “water.” Wai is a very important thing to Hawaiians, and for that reason is included in many names – both place names, such as Waimānalo, Waikīkī, and Waiehu. And in many family and given names. Wai can be used for any type of liquid except sea water.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 9th

Oct 9, 2020

Wai wai means goods, property, assets, valuables, value, worth, wealth. We most often hear wai wai to mean rich, wealth, or value, as in the popular song “Iesū me ke kanaka wai wai,” – Jesus and the Rich Man – written by Johnny Almeida.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 8th

Oct 8, 2020

Most of you will remember that ʻaʻole means no. And many people are confused when they hear ʻaʻohe. No, it's not a mispronunciation. ʻAʻohe means no, too, but it is generally used to mean none.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 7th

Oct 7, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is, hoa aloha. Although aikāne is probably commonly used by non-native speakers to mean “friend.” Hoa aloha is the preferred Hawaiian word.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 6th

Oct 6, 2020

One of the Hawaiian words first learned by most non-Hawaiians is wahine for “woman.” Kāne for “man” and wahine for “woman” are often painted on restroom doors. It also means “lady, wife, female, queen in a deck of cards” and even femininity.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 5th

Oct 5, 2020

Pehea ʻoe – How are you? Pehea means “how” and ʻoe means “you.” We often hear this greeting even from those who do not speak Hawaiian. Pehea ʻoe? – How are you? Maikaʻi nō – Fine.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 2nd

Oct 2, 2020

Paʻa is a very commonly used word that can mean: firm, solid, tight, adhering, durable, fast, fixed, stuck, secure, closed, and so much more. Paʻa ā paʻa means held fast, so hoʻo paʻa means to make fast, to bind.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: October 1st

Oct 1, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is ʻokakopa. Yes, it is a borrowed word and it means October. All of our month names are borrowed from English, which borrowed them from other languages.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 29th

Sep 29, 2020

Our Hawaiian word for today is ʻAuina lā. ʻAuina means “descending” and means “sun.” So the afternoon when the sun is setting is called the ʻauina lā. Aloha ʻauina lā is a good afternoon greeting.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 28th

Sep 28, 2020

Piʻi mele, two words that used together mean “musical scale.” Just as we sometimes call the scale do-re-mi in English, in Hawaiian we sometimes call the piʻi mele by the first three notes: pā-kō-lī.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 25th

Sep 25, 2020

Most people who live in Hawaiʻi know what a maile lei is, but it is one of those Hawaiian words that is all too often mispronounced. Maile is a native twining shrub with shiny, fragrant leaves, used for decorations and lei, especially on important occasions. Maile is pronounced “mai-lei,” not to be confused with the Leeward Oʻahu community called Māʻili.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 24th

Sep 24, 2020

Kikowaena means “center.” You can use it to describe such things as a shopping center. Ala Moana Center, for example, is kikowaena ku ʻae ō Ala Moana.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 23rd

Sep 23, 2020

Ulu means “to grow, increase, spread.” It is often used in conjunction with such words as wehi. Ulu wehi, for example, means “lush and beautiful, festively adorned.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 22nd

Sep 22, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is waiū, for “milk.” Literally, it means “breast liquid” and can also be used to mean “breast.” Waiū that's “milk” in Hawaiian.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 21st

Sep 21, 2020

Ahiahi, the Hawaiian word for “evening,” is one that calls for a glide in your pronunciation. Ahiahi is that beautiful time of  day, the late afternoon.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 18th

Sep 18, 2020

Alapiʻi means stairs, steps, ladder, or any ascent. Even a musical scale can be called an alapiʻi mele. Be careful when you walk up the alapiʻi!

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 17th

Sep 17, 2020

ʻAʻole means “no.” ʻAʻole is an interjection which also means “not, never,” and you may hear it pronounced ʻaʻale. You will commonly hear it even in English conversation when people say - ʻaʻole pilikia – no trouble.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 16th

Sep 16, 2020

Here's a simple, short Hawaiian Word of the Day for you,  it is ʻae. It means “yes, to say yes, consent, to confirm, grant, agree, approve, permit.” It is the word you so often want to hear in answer to your questions.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 15th

Sep 15, 2020

We used to see so many signs that read “kapu” that people joked about Kapu being a Hawaiian who owned all that land. Actually, kapu, means taboo, prohibition, or even sacredness, or forbidden. And yes, on those signs it has come to mean “keep out.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 14th

Sep 14, 2020

Our Hawaiian Word of the Day is the name of our state, Hawaiʻi. It is pronounced either as “Hawaiʻi” or “Havaiʻi.” Yes, either is okay. Language experts say you can pronounce it with a “w” or a “v” if that sound follows an “a.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 11th

Sep 11, 2020

Manu means bird or any winged creature, even the wing of a kite. We have many kinds of beautiful manu in Hawaiʻi, many of them found only in Hawaiʻi, and threatened with extinction.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 10th

Sep 10, 2020

Leʻa means: joy, pleasure, happiness, merry, and many more wonderful feelings. Yes, it is the same leʻa we use in the name of the double hull sailing canoe Hōkūleʻa. Hōkūleʻa translates to mean “star of gladness.”

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 9th

Sep 9, 2020

Kiʻekiʻe means: height, tallness, high, tall, lofty, exalted, majestic, superior, prominent. In 1845, the legislature conferred the title mea kiʻekiʻe upon the Premier. Kiʻekiʻe is also how we differentiate high schools from elementary schools, we call a high school a kula kiʻekiʻe.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 8th

Sep 8, 2020

Kulanui literally means “big school.” Kulanui once meant “high school,” but today a kulanui is a university or college. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Mānoa.

Hawaiian Word of the Day: September 7th

Sep 7, 2020

Alakaʻi means “to lead, guide, direct, a leader, a guide, or a conductor.” We usually hear it in relationship to hula, as those dancers who assist a kumu hula in leading and teaching hula dancers.

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